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Wisdom and Wealth

“With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.” Proverbs 8:18

How many of you knew that wisdom has a connection with wealth? 

One moment of His favor can take you places your degree can’t take you, your experience can’t earn you, and your networking and hard work could not reach. It’s your season of biblical increase! We must get connected with godly wisdom to manage our resources in such a way that they steadily increase over time. God’s favor and grace will release the floodgates for those who are in position by faith and trusting Him!

God’s desire for you is that you would experience increase and multiplication in every area – closeness to Him, knowledge and revelation, relationships, family, career and finances all growing and increasing proportionately as your soul increases (3 John 1:2). You are the light on a hill, a witness to the world that God is who he says He is. When you are rewarded, it brings glory to His name!

“..the Lord shall increase you the more and the more, you and your children” Psalms 115:14

In God’s kingdom, you are a steward over resources that He has already given you. 

Stewardship is the practice of systematic and proportionate giving of time, abilities and material possessions based on the conviction that these are a trust from God to be used in his service for the benefit of his kingdom. 

Wisdom plays an crucial part in being a good steward. 

In fact, wisdom is one of the most important godly traits that a Christian can pursue! 

Look at Proverbs 4:
“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. 8 Exalt her [wisdom], and she will promote you; She [wisdom] will bring you honor, when you embrace her. 9 She [wisdom] will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she [wisdom] will deliver to you.” Proverbs 4:7-9

All of the things to be desired on this earth are gotten first by wisdom – godly wisdom.
Being a victorious Christian requires godly wisdom. Being a successful steward requires godly wisdom. Godly wisdom is connected to wealth and increase.

The need or desire for money is the motivation for most crimes. From embezzlement to prostitution, poverty is a common thread of evil. I ask myself why so many Christians are comfortable in the presence of this enemy – poverty. Many people are quick and willing to stand up against other forms of evil but we are so tolerant of the never-ending presence of poverty in their lives. Poverty is to be regarded as an enemy. 
Webster defines poverty as: the condition of being poor or needy; a deficiency in necessary properties; inadequacy; scarcity. It is obvious that God’s plans and promises for us are diametrically opposed to the condition of poverty.
People want to change their financial status without changing their modes and methods. These people fail to realize that thinking and doing the same thing will get you the same results. As a matter of fact, one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. The foundational attitude for opposing poverty is the ongoing pursuit of wisdom. Lack and insufficiency are signs that something needs to change.

Until you genuinely believe that the challenge to change is less painful than continuing to struggle, you won’t change your financial status. Resistance to change limits our capacity to increase. For example, secretaries who resist learning to operate new computer systems find themselves unable to increase their salaries.

In Genesis 13, Abraham unlocked his potential for increase when he and Lot hit a ceiling. So much was the strife among their servants that it was inevitable that it would be the demise of both of them if something wasn’t done. Abraham was willing to decrease – letting Lot make the first choice of land – so that he could increase in the end.

Genesis 13:6-9, "And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.
And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.

And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.

Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left."

Remember, the same level of thinking that got you where you are won’t take you where you want to go. Think outside of the box. Wisdom’s voice may recommend difficult changes. Wisdom will not always placate us, but with wisdom is lasting wealth and prosperity. The willingness to welcome wisdom is the first step toward financial freedom.


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